As a pastor, I hated the idea of evaluation. It sounded too much like a way to open myself up to needless criticism. After all, who really wants to invite an outsider to tell them what they are doing wrong, add more “to do’s” to their list, or make them feel guilty for what they are not doing? Pastoring is hard enough already. Why invite more frustration?
But what if I were to tell you that evaluation can be a positive experience? Don’t misunderstand. “Positive” does not always translate into “easy.” However, evaluation can be positive in the sense that it can clarify issues, reveal potential, and renew hope.
If you were to overhear a discussion from biblical church evaluation, you might here phrases such as:
- “This church works hard and endures a lot to keep going, but in the process has lost their passion for people.”
- “This church has stayed true to doctrinal teaching, yet they are allowing their people to trip over stumbling block”
- “This church looks busy on the outside, but they are dying on the inside.”
- “This church is apathetic and needs to decide if they are going to be serious about ministry or not.”